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Oliver wakes up to a life in which his parents are alive and he is about to marry Laurel; Felicity faces a new threat with the help of The Flash and Supergirl.


James Bamford


Greg Berlanti (developed by), Marc Guggenheim (developed by) | 5 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Amell ... Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
David Ramsey ... John Diggle / Spartan / The Hood
Willa Holland ... Thea Queen / Speedy
Emily Bett Rickards ... Felicity Smoak
Echo Kellum ... Curtis Holt / Mr. Terrific
Josh Segarra ... Adrian Chase (credit only)
Paul Blackthorne ... Quentin Lance
John Barrowman ... Malcolm Merlyn
Neal McDonough ... Damien Darhk
Grant Gustin ... Barry Allen / The Flash
Katie Cassidy ... Laurel Lance
Susanna Thompson ... Moira Queen
Caity Lotz ... Sara Lance / White Canary
Brandon Routh ... Ray Palmer / The Atom
Carlos Valdes ... Cisco Ramon


Oliver wakes up to a life where he never got on The Queen's Gambit. Robert and Moira Queen are alive and well. Laurel is his loving fiancée and their wedding is imminent. Everything seems perfect, but Oliver starts to notice small imperfections that make him question this new reality. Meanwhile, Felicity and the recruits take on a new threat with help from The Flash and Supergirl. Written by ahmetkozan

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30 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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Laurel's necklace has the very same Black Canary emblem seen in the comics. See more »


When Sarah Lance instinctively beats up a thug in the mansion and asks Oliver how she could possibly know kung fu (not knowing she's in the Dominator VR), Oliver says she most likely used Jeet Kune Do (which the late Bruce Lee created prior to his death). Despite the nonfiction reference to Bruce Lee's style, the League Of Shadows has been in existence for centuries in Nanda Parbat, Tibet and it is highly unlikely they would have adopted Lee's Jeet Kune Do (which he created in the West) and was considered a controversial style at the time of its introduction. It would be more consistent with Arrow continuity if Oliver surmised Sarah had used Wing Chun considering Team Arrow members have been shown training on the WC wooden dummy and this style was created in the late 18th century in China, thus allowing the LoS ample time to assimilate the style. See more »


Gideon: The phrase loosely translates to "We are nearing completion of the weapon."
Nate Heywood: What weapon?
Gideon: I'm afraid I have no idea, but I'm tracking the Dominator mothership you escaped from, and it appears to be on a direct course for Earth.
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The arrowhead behind the title changes through the different variations used for each season. See more »


References Doctor Who (1963) See more »

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6 December 2016 | by 2013venjixSee all my reviews

Believe it or not, The Invasion! 3-part crossover was enjoyable!

They're certain areas for me that was cringe worthy.

01. Iris being overprotected to Wally: She was acting more like a mother than a "sibling" (which in reality both Iris and Wally are aunt and nephew)that forbids her to not use his speed. Though i was happy to see Wally fully embrace himself as Kid Flash and standing up to "drama queen".

02. Vibe's grudge on Flash: Through the entire crossover, Cisco's personal grudge on Barry being responsible for changing the time line resulted in his brother's death was just getting ridiculous as his pop culture references. But karma really bit him in the ass after he alter time by helping freed a Dominator resulted in a much bigger problem. Cisco missed up & they got paid. Serves him right.

03. Felicity: Less of her, the better :) Moving on! :)

04. Arrow 100: though it was a nice milestone, the subplot with Cisco, Felicity & the Outsiders along with Flash & Supergirl (aka the Justice Glee) was the main focus and less of Ollie, Diggle, Sara, Ray & Thea that were abducted by the Dominators.

06. The FX: The Dominators were created using cutting-edge computer effects to achieve a feature film-quality look which is faithful to Invasion! artist Todd McFarlane's interpretation of the characters. Though hats off to the FX people, we've only seen little of the Dominators. Plus in the credits, who provided their voice?

07. The Network: for the men and women of the CW, the marketing for this crossover suck, even the tag line "Heroes v Aliens" was kind of lame (especially that the White Canary & Heat Wave are actually "Legendary" villains). But the worst of it is that they marketed as a 4 part crossover event. Flash, Arrow & Legends has titled "Invasion!" & it's only 3 parts "not 4". The majority of Supergirl's episode "Medusa" was a standalone episode except the final 2 minutes (incuding 1 and 2 scenes)and yet fans eat it up. All it ended up was a error of promotion & labeled it as a 4 part episode, which turned out to be nothing but a cheap gimmick.

And finally, 08. Supergirl: 1 word: overkill. Barry thought this was a good idea, thinking "in order to fight aliens, we need an alien (but from a different earth)" by getting help from Supergirl. For me it was a waste of time & effort. In the end it was more of a tag along. The training sequence between her and Green Arrow, Speedy & the "Legends" was a joke, giving everything they got and just "tickling" her. Also Kara was kind of out of place, no where to fit in & was underused. To be honest with you, they didn't really need Supergirl in this crossover. They could've fought the Dominators without her.

For the good moments:

  • the hall of justice

  • The standoff scene

  • The fight sequences

  • familiar faces: Deathstroke, Laurel, Ollie's parents, etc.

  • Team ups!!

Minus the flaws, some of the wooden acting & the unnecessary soap opera drama and characters, It was enjoyable. :)

Invasion! 9/10

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